Healthwatch Staffordshire is the independent champion for people who use local health and social care services. We are here to find out what matters to people and help make sure your views shape the support that is needed. Our vision is to be a strong, independent, and trusted voice of the public for health and social care services across Staffordshire.
This week has seen the announcement of plans for the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions since the UK entered lockdown on 23 March. Many plans have now been laid out for July, which will see life return to a much more familiar state for most of us.
1 Humankind STARS – Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service
1.1 The charity Humankind (humankindcharity.org.uk) took over all Staffordshire adult and YP drug/alcohol service contracts on April 1st, the new service is called STARS (T3 STARS for YPs).
ACEVO has published their final report from its Making Diversity Count project which is in collaboration with Voice4Change England.
If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will NOT be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers. If in doubt hang up the phone!
‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
What should I do if I’m worried about funeral costs?
We understand that the COVID-19 crisis is putting many families under financial pressure, but if you don’t feel comfortable with your funeral costs at any time during the arrangement – just let us know. We’ll do
everything we can to help.
If your loved one has died of coronavirus, you could qualify for support from the Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund.
Clinical guidance explainer
The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme.
For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August , subject to clinical evidence.
Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory.
This week we entered the 13th week of lockdown across the country and we are now seeing signs that some form of normality is starting to return. Non-essential shops began reopening this week and it was clear to see that many people are happy to be able to get out and about more now. It is important to note though, that people are being urged not to go to shops simply to browse and to only visit if they intend to make purchases.
Closing date: 31 August 2020
Grants up to £50000 are available for local charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending.
Local charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, statutory agencies and local residents in England can apply.
Successful applicants will be expected to book free “Stop Loan Sharks” training which will be delivered by a member of the IMLT for staff and/or volunteers (if they have not already had this).
Closing date: 8 July 2020
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